Dragon Fruit Red Flesh (Pitaya)
Red Dragon fruits grow on long, thin, vining cactuses that are often seen growing up trees, fences or walls. On the outside, Red Dragon fruits look almost identical to the white-fleshed variety. The brightly colored oblong fruits are about 10 centimeters in length and can weigh up to a pound. Red Dragon fruits, or Pitaya Roja, are botanically classified as, .The red-fleshed Dragon fruits are rarer than the yellow skinned variety, and are not nearly as widely available as the white-fleshed variety. Red Dragon fruit are nutritionally dense, and one of the sweeter varieties of the three types. Red Flesh Dragon fruit taste has been described as a slightly sweet cross between a Kiwi and a Pear. Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit native to Mexico and Central America
Red Dragon fruit contains high amounts of vitamin C and fiber content. They are also a good source of potassium and phosphorus, as well as other minerals and B-complex vitamins.
Red Dragon fruit is often eaten raw, scooped with a spoon directly from the rind. Many prefer to refrigerate the fruits prior to eating, to chill the pulp within. Slice the fruit lengthwise or in half to expose the seeded flesh. The pulp can be added to smoothies or used to make sorbet and other desserts. Remove the flesh with a melon-baller and add to green or fruit salads for a topical addition. Red Dragon fruit will stain the skin and clothing, use care when preparing.
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